University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Bryant Papers, 1983-1996

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bryant, John W., 1947-.
Title: Bryant (John) Papers
Dates: 1983-1996
Abstract: Constituent correspondence, legislative files, voting records, and news releases comprise the John Bryant Papers, 1983-1996, documenting his political career in the U. S. House of Representatives.
Accession No.: AR 96-356
Extent: 21 feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Wiley Bryant, Democratic Congressman, was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in February 1947. In 1974, two years after receiving his law degree from Southern Methodist University, Bryant was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. A self-described populist, he quickly garnered a reputation for challenging leadership, calling for reform and championing labor. In 1983, Bryant won a seat in the U.S. Congress. He was selected by his peers in the House as one of the managers to conduct the impeachment proceedings of U.S. District Court Judge, Alcee Hastings. Due to House Speaker Jim Mattox’s resignation and other events that weakened the Texas delegation, Bryant opted to stay in Congress instead of campaigning for attorney general of Texas. Bryant served on the House Judiciary Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee and Budget Committee. He represented Texas’s’ 5th Congressional district until 1996 when he lost his bid to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Bryant is married to Janet Watts of El Paso. The couple has three children.


"Bryant, John Wiley."Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, accessed August 15, 2013.

Scope and Contents

Constituent correspondence, legislative files, voting records and news releases compose the John Bryant Papers, 1983-1996, documenting his political career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The impeachment proceedings of Judge Alcee Hastings are included in the papers. Case files regarding individual constituents and staff personnel are restricted.


Access Restrictions

Casework and staff files are restricted until 2071. Contact repository for further information.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bryant, John W., 1947-
Hastings, Alcee L.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. House -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Congress. House -- Election districts -- Texas.
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Legislators -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Legislators -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Politics, Practical -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and politicians -- Texas.
Lake Jackson (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Sources.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Bryant Papers, 1983-1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carol Jordan, December 1996.

Subsequent revisions made by Evan Usler, March 2012, and Mark Firmin, August 2013

Detailed Description of the Papers



96-356/1 Congressional papers:
Legislative files:
Sponsored bills, 98th-101st Congress (HR 1677)
96-356/2 Sponsored bills, 101st (HR 2406) - 104th
96-356/3 Voting Record:
98th - 100th Congress
96-356/4 101st Congress (1st and 2nd session)
96-356/5 102nd - 103rd Congress
96-356/6 104th Congress (1st and 2nd Session)
96-356/7 Co-Sponsored bills for 98th - 104th Congress
96-356/8 John Bryant voting records (DSG), 98th - 102nd (1st session)
96-356/9 Judge Alcee Hastings:
96-356/10 Videos
Commission for Study of Int. Migration
96-356/11 Town Hall Notices and Congressional Remarks
96-356/12 Town Hall Notices and Congressional Remarks
96-356/13 Computer Letters, 1983-1996
96-356/14 Computer Letters, 1983-1996
96-356/15 Congressional Files Microfilm, [restricted] 1983-1988
96-356/16 Congressional Files Microfilm, [restricted] 1988-1993
96-356/17 Congressional Files Microfilm, [restricted] 1993-1996
96-356/18 News Releases, 1990-1990
96-356/19 News Releases, 1987-1989
96-356/20 News Releases, 1983-1986
96-356/21 Miscellaneous [restricted]